One of the Oldest Races

While the Mount Marathon Race is indeed old, it is not the oldest. Below is a list of older races in the United States (information obtained at www.arrs.net). There are 12 footraces older than Mount Marathon, which was first raced in 1915. If it must be classified, saying Mount Marathon is “among the oldest footraces” or “believed to be the oldest mountain race” in the U.S. is accurate.

OLDEST U.S. ROAD RACES

  • 1896 – Delaware YMCA Turkey Trot 8K
  • 1897 – Boston Marathon
  • 1907 – Jackson Day 9K (New Orleans)
  • 1907 – New Orleans AC Turkey Day 5M
  • 1907 – Yonkers Marathon (N.Y.)
  • 1908 – Run for the Diamonds 9M (Berwick, PA)
  • 1908 – Thanksgiving Day 10K (Cincinnati)
  • 1912 – Bay to Breakers 12K (San Francisco)
  • 1914 – Lexington Patriots Day 5K (Lexington MA)

OLDEST U.S. CROSS COUNTRY RACES

  • 1892 – Bemis-Forslund Pie Race 4.3 miles (Gill, MA)
  • 1904 – Schuylkill Navy 5.6 mile (Philadelphia)
  • 1910 – Dipsea Race 6.8 miles (Stinson Beach, CA)
  • 1915 – Mount Marathon Race 5.55K (Seward, AK)